To say Sunday’s Fall Clothing Swap, sponsored by CO-OPhx, was a big success would be an understatement. Jennifer and I have been so impressed with the way the Swap team has worked so hard since the first swap a mere three seasons ago to put on an event that combines community, conscientious consumerism and clothing. But the team is really hitting their stride, as evidenced with the turnout on Sunday. Through their vision and ambition, Kelsey, Karla and the team have transformed an event that started in Kelsey’s backyard to a true community event combining the creative talents of several local food truck vendors, small business owners and entrepreneurs.
More than 250 swappers shared their wares at Frances on the warm October day. Several collaborators offered DIY tables for added entertainment, including t-shirt making with Carbon Magazine and necklace and hard scarf designing with Hearts.com. The ladies at Hearts. com, an environmentally friendly clothing label were excited to talk about their new site, which is launching this week. Violet from Revera was also on hand with her heavenly smelling all-natural aromatherapy and bath salts. We were on hand to provide style advice to the swappers, which was a lot of fun.
Kelsey reported that 1600 pounds of items were donated and that $250 was raised for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Fresh Start will also receive all unswapped items.
Although I didn’t pick up any new items at the swap, I was very excited to learn that one of my favorite former students Kendra Worsnup, a fashion blogger for the Downtown Devil’s A Tailored Place, picked up two of my donated items. I’m happy they have a new life on such a fashionable young woman! She will wear them well. She also wrote a great recap of the event.
We were once again proud to be part of this event, and really amazed to see how much its grown in less than a year. It’s a testament not only to the team’s hard work, but also to the growing sense of community spirit that is taking over Phoenix. We are optimistic that this local pride will only continue to flourish.